Bellator 159- Caldwell Taps to Taimanglo


Bellator’s Darrion “The Wolf” Caldwell is a submission special; Joe “The Juggernaut” Taimanglo is a better one and if Bellator is in need of a new contender at 135 pounds, they might have their man. The more established native of Guam is now on a four-fight winning streak after making history by being the first to ever finish and defeat Caldwell.

The real “meat and potatoes” of the opening round comes when Caldwell is finally able to shoot in for a double-leg. His first attempt at it was stuffed and the first minute and a half or so goes by without much more than parrying and a handful of leg kicks. Ground and pound easily gives Caldwell the first, but it’s limited to close-range strike with the points of note being elbows.

Taimanglo squirms his way back up. He avoids another takedown, but in doing so leaves his arm susceptible to a kimura. Caldwell chooses to instead throw leather and allows Taimanglo to secure back mount. Caldwell slides through his legs and battles for the submission until the bell sounds.

Caldwell leads the offense again early in the next round as they trade kicks once more. Taimanglo slips and “The Wolf” jumps on the opening like raw meat, landing a running knee in the process. Caldwell has a front headlock and looks for an outside trip but Taimanglo escapes. He then combines a right hand with a follow-up double-leg. Caldwell works enough in half guard to avoid being stood up by the referee until the final seconds. He drains the remaining time in the round.

Nine seconds into the third, he leaves his neck out when shooting in and Taimanglo ends his night.

Joe Taimanglo def. Darrion Caldwell via Guillotine Choke at 0:09 of Round 3

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